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Great Balls of Fire. A Year of Scottish Festivals. Old habits die hard in Scotland. During the calendar year, in all corners of the country from Shetland to the Borders, communities are getting up to all sorts of capers in the name of tradition. You'll happen across the strangest activities if you search hard enough. There's far more to Scotland than Burns' Night. Gary Sutherland's brave year of living ceremoniously results in this custom-made guide to Scotland. 'Great Balls of Fire' charts a year of madness, from the ferocious Ba Game in Orkney on New Year's Day to the 300-man brawl between the Uppies and the Doonies in Kirkwall, the Burning of the Clavie in Burghead, the Whuppity Scourie in Lanark, the ancient Kate Kennedy Procession in St Andrews, the burning of the devil in Innerleithen and Langholm Common Riding where the natives nail a fish to a bannock on a stick, to the Burry Man who stalks South Queensferry in August and the hardy swingers of Stonehaven casting their fiery balls into the North Sea. 'Great Balls of Fire' is a hilarious and insightful journey around Scotland's most bizarre and fantastic festivals not be missed.

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